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PDN Faces Contest

Kindly Cast Your Vote!

I’ve decided to enter five portraits into the PDN Faces contest. As much as I thoroughly dislike any contests with a public vote, alas, this has exactly that. Contests should be judged by a jury of experience, not by one’s social media standing.

I’d like to share with you the five entries, and to even out the playing field, I’d appreciate your quick vote if you like any of the pictures. As far as I’m aware, you can vote for more than one image (done on the PDN Faces website). If you really like the image, feel free to share it via the share button on the PDN Faces website. Thanks 🙂

Vote here: http://edmondterakopian.facesphotocontest.com/1

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Contemporary Dancer Zunnur Zhafirah (Zee) by the graffiti covered tunnels known as the Waterloo Vaults, Leake Street, London, United Kingdom. Shot on a Leica M10.

Vote here: http://edmondterakopian.facesphotocontest.com/2

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Mezzo Soprano Ida Ränzlöv. Royal College of Music, London, UK. Shot on a Fujifilm GFX 50S.

Vote here: http://edmondterakopian.facesphotocontest.com/3

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Director of Opera and Conductor Michael Rosewell backstage, moments before the opera begins. Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. Opening night. Royal College of Music Opera School, Prince Consort Road, London. Shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M5 MarkII.

Vote here: http://edmondterakopian.facesphotocontest.com/4

Poulenc and Chabrier

Dressing rooms during the intermission; (L-R) Assistant Director of Opera, Christopher Middleton gives feedback to Julieth Lozano, who sings the part of Gontran. Alice Bell and Rosanna Cooper get ready. Dress rehearsal; Poulenc and Chabrier double bill by the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, UK. Shot on a Sony A9.

Vote here: http://edmondterakopian.facesphotocontest.com/5

Westminster Cathedral Choir School

Chorister (L-R) Lukas Siemens, Connor Carnathan, Elliot Bowes and Freddie Sparke. Westminster Cathedral Choir School. The choir rehearsing in Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue, London. Shot on a Fujifilm GFX 50S.

Vote here: http://edmondterakopian.facesphotocontest.com/6

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After the dress rehearsal, the actors gather for notes. Laurence Fox (as Henry) listens as director Stephen Unwin (foreground) gives back his feedback. Dress Rehearsal of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard (a co-production by Cambridge Arts Theatre with Theatre Royal Bath and Rose Theatre, Kingston). Cambridge Arts Theatre. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Vote here: http://edmondterakopian.facesphotocontest.com/7

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Laurence Fox (as Henry). Rehearsals of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard (a co-production by Cambridge Arts Theatre with Theatre Royal Bath and Rose Theatre, Kingston). Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London, UK. August 18, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Amateur Photographer Magazine

Cover Photo

Along with most photographers I know, both professional colleagues or enthusiast shooters, the first photography magazine I looked at (back in 1986) was Amateur Photographer. It’s the one thing most photographers in the UK have in common.

I was fortunate that I turned my passion into my career and have covered a plethora of assignments, both here in the UK and internationally. My work has been published in practically every major publication around the world, from newspapers to quality news magazines.

Cover photo by Edmond Terakopian. Amateur Photographer, February 04, 2017.

I’ve made the cover of quite a few of these publications too. However, in over 30 years of photography, over 26 years of which have been as a photojournalist and commercial photographer, I have never managed to get the cover of my first magazine; Amateur Photographer!

So, to say I’m thrilled to have my first is a bit of an understatement! Although completely happy to work in the studio or location with artificial lights (be they flash or continuous, for photography or video), my passion is to shoot with available light, and I often dial up the ISO to let me work with the light available to me. This week’s issue is all about shooting with high ISOs, so when Geoff Harris (the deputy editor) contacted me on the off chance that I may have a cover photo at high ISO, I jumped at the chance and started searching through my Adobe Lightroom libraries. I found the perfect image in my 2015 library.

The image chosen, was made on one of my “one to one bespoke” photography workshops, about portraiture and lighting. It was shot with available light using a Lastolite deflector (to bounce back the light onto the model’s face) on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with an Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens. ISO 1600, f3.2 at 1/320th shutter speed. The model was the fabulous Sonia Yasmin Ali.

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When the model you’re working with really likes your camera! Sonia Yasmin Ali and Edmond Terakopian, after a portrait workshop. London. March 04, 2015. Photo: ©Jeremy Peters / http://www.jeremypeters.photography

 

Huge thanks to the brilliant team at Amateur Photographer for putting together a great magazine; one which my colleagues and I regularly read. The issue is in the shops now and also available for online purchase.

Sonia Yasmin Ali

Another photograph from the session. Portrait of Sonia Yasmin Ali. London. March 04, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Sarah Lee: Photographs

Guardian Photographer Sarah Lee’s Exhibition

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A visitor at the photography exhibition by Sarah Lee of The Guardian. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1. August 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I attended the opening of Sarah Lee‘s wonderful photography exhibition last night at The Guardian. It’s a wonderful collection of some of the very best in newspaper portraiture and feature photography and I highly recommend a visit.

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A portrait of Sarah Lee of The Guardian at her exhibition’s private view. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1. August 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Sarah adds, “I have Fiona Shields and Luke Dodd to thank for getting the idea off the ground, and David McCoy has printed it beautifully. They’ve done such a good job it would be lovely if you happen to be free and felt like popping along.”

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L-R The Guardian’s picture editor Fiona Shields and photographer Sarah Lee. Photography exhibition by Sarah Lee of The Guardian. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1. August 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The exhibition is on at The Guardian‘s entrance, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1. It’s open during office hours and on until the first week of September, so hurry to catch it!

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2016

I’ve received my customary annual rejection email from the judges of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. However, nice to see the prize is slowly warming up to my work:

“However, I did want to let you know that your photograph(s) did make it through to the second round of judging which included around 346 images. This year we had a total of 4,303 prints submitted into the competition from 1,842 photographers so the competition was very strong.”, Keeley Carter, Exhibitions Manager.

Roll on next year! As is customary, I’d like to share my entry images with you.

For the technically minded, the three backstage colour images were shot on Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras with Olympus M.Zuiko lenses, apart from the backstage shot featuring balloons, which was with a Voigtlander Nokton f0.95 lens. The colour batman portrait was shot on an Olympus PEN E-P5.

The two black and white images were shot on a Leica Monochrom (M246) with Leica lenses.

All editing and processing was done on Adobe Lightroom. The colour images were finished in Alienskin Exposure X and the monochrome images were finished in Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

Portrait Salon 2015

A Portrait Of Jordan

Happy to share that my portrait of Jordan Ebbitt has been selected for Portrait Salon 2015. It’s to be published in the book and will be exhibited at The Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, Bankside SE1, from the 19th of November 2015.

A portrait of Jordan Ebbitt. London. April 10, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A portrait of Jordan Ebbitt. London. April 10, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The portrait was shot using an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens during one of my bespoke one on one photography workshops. The lighting was from two Quantum Q-Flashes with soft boxes. Processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom and finished using Alienskin’s Exposure 7 plugin.

The Taylor Wessing Portrait Award 2014

My Six Portraits

It’s that time of year (well, a few weeks ago now!) when the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award shortlist is announced and sadly, I didn’t make the shortlist. However, friends ask to see the images I entered, so thought to share them far and wide.

The good news though is that several colleagues have been selected and for the first time in years, I’m really looking forward to the exhibition and the announcement of the winning image.

Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe, 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, London SE1.  Gordon Ramsay at the restaurant.  August 30, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Cafe, 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, London SE1. Gordon Ramsay at the restaurant. August 30, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Magnum photographer René Burri at his book signing in the Photographers' Gallery book shop, Ramillies Street, London. April 24, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Magnum photographer RenĂ© Burri at his book signing in the Photographers’ Gallery book shop, Ramillies Street, London. April 24, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Portrait of a model. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Test Shot with the Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens.  Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Ireland. September 10, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Portrait of a model. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Test Shot with the Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens. Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Ireland. September 10, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A portrait of former MP and Minister Tony McNulty, who is hoping to stand again as an MP.. London.  September 20, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A portrait of former MP and Minister Tony McNulty, who is hoping to stand again as an MP.. London. September 20, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator. www.andreafeczko.com), on Santa Monica beach. LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator. http://www.andreafeczko.com), on Santa Monica beach. LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Harrow and Wembley Society of Model Engineers, Roxbourne Park Railway, Field End Road, Ruislip, Middlesex. A driver waits for passengers on his locomotive. April 02, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Harrow and Wembley Society of Model Engineers, Roxbourne Park Railway, Field End Road, Ruislip, Middlesex. A driver waits for passengers on his locomotive. April 02, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Do you have a favourite image? Would love to know your thoughts!

Driven Creativity 2013 Shortlist

Portrait Makes Shortlist In

Professional Photography Category

A portrait of Maya, Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver, Slough, Buckinghamshire. October 24, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A portrait of Maya, Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver, Slough, Buckinghamshire. October 24, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Two pieces of good news in one day (shortlist of PPOTY)! Have just been told that my photograph, A Portrait Of Maya, has made the shortlist  of 15 images chosen by public vote in G-Tech’s Driven Creativity Competition 2013.

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for the image. Lets all keep our fingers crossed for the judging, the results of which will be announced on November 15th.

Congratulations on all the other creatives for making the shortlist and for G-Technology Europe for their support of the arts. Big thanks to Maya and again, for everyone who voted. I really appreciate it 🙂

Driven Creativity Shortlist 2013